No press conference, no formal announcement, no farewell match. Just one simple Instagram video. Just to add a bit more, a classic Hindi song by Mukesh: Main pal do pal ka shayar hu…”, and he went in a flash.
The legend from Ranchi has always been like this. If there is one word that can aptly describe Dhoni, that will be ‘unpredictable’. After a long wait IPL 2020 is about to start in UAE. All the franchises have started their homework. Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper Dhoni has already arrived in Chennai for a training camp, after which they will catch the flight for UAE.
Dhoni announced his retirement on August 15, 2020, which happens to be India’s 74th Independence day. “Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout. From 1929 hrs consider me as Retired,” Dhoni wrote along with the video on Instagram.
This unique date and timing for announcing retirement have created a lot of buzz in social media. Fans are wondering why Dhoni chose this date and time to announce his retirement from international cricket. Some cricket fans believe that Dhoni decided to retire at ’19:29′ hours as it was the same time when India lost to New Zealand in the 2019 World Cup semi-final match. This match was also Dhoni’s last international match.
Dhoni’s jersey number is 7 and Suresh Raina played for the national team donning the jersey number 3. If these two numbers are put together, it becomes 73, this is the exact number of years the country is independent. Some fans also believe that there is a correlation between the ‘Great Depression 1929’ and MS Dhoni’s retirement at 19:29 on Saturday.
MS Dhoni last played for India in last year’s World Cup against New Zealand. Men in blue were almost on the brink of making history but a superb throw from Martin Guptil cut short Dhoni’s innings.